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An update on past news

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Ala Wai Canal
bikeway plan still alive

Question: Whatever happened to plans for an Ala Wai bikeway?

Answer: The McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board has endorsed a plan for a bikeway next to the Ala Wai Canal that has the approval of paddlers, bikers and city officials.

David Chun, head of the task force assigned by the board to resolve the issue, said the outcome of a meeting last month was to route the path mauka, rather than makai, of the old clubhouse.

The original plan called for the bikeway to go through an area used by paddlers for showering, parking and storing their canoes, which would have been disruptive, he said.

The old clubhouse is at McCully Street and Kapiolani Boulevard. The bikeway would link up with an existing bikeway at the makai-Ewa corner of the soccer/baseball field and extend alongside Kapiolani Boulevard for about 100 feet, cut through a stone fence, and turn makai onto McCully Street, Chun said.

A parking lot near the corner would be removed so the bikeway could be made into a four-foot wide path on the Diamond Head side of McCully; another path of the same width would also be put in on the Ewa side of McCully.

The ultimate goal is to continue the pathway along the Ala Wai and connect to the back of the Hawaii Convention Center along the water's edge, Chun said, but safety and design problems have to be worked out.

Construction of the bikeway is estimated to cost $150,000, said city spokeswoman Carol Costa.

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